“𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨 𝐈 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐫?”
Several students have been asking me this question so I thought it would be best to answer it through my personal experiences.
Mentors can be found in 5 main places:
1️⃣ School networks
My university (USC Marshall School of Business) had a mentorship program called the Career Advantage Program where I was able to connect with professionals in multiple industries
2️⃣ Student Organizations
Our board and I at the Latino Business Student Assoc. (LBSA) built a mentorship program with alumni.
Connect with professionals who hold positions that you would like to learn more about, and keep the relationship strong.
I still keep in touch with some of my past interviewers even from companies where I was rejected.
5️⃣ In-person (pre-COVID, of course)
You never know who someone might know or who they might be. Check out my favorite story below.
My favorite story: When I was traveling to San Francisco for an interview at EY, I started chatting to a random business professional. What started as a conversation about food at the airport turned into a multi-year friendship and mentorship. Ben, a Director of Marketing at Twitter, has been there for me with my pressing career questions and helping me get through this pandemic.
𝙈𝙮 𝙖𝙙𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚: 𝙂𝙤 𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙪𝙞𝙡𝙙 𝙖 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥 𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙬.
At the end of the day, a good mentor is like a coach. And recruiting is like a marathon. You might as well learn from people who have already run the race, as we talk about it more in this blog here.